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Celebrate 40 for 40 at the Garrett County Arts Council 

The Garrett County Arts Council is currently celebrating 40 years by entering every customers that spends $40 or more in one of their two gallery locations will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket of art.  The promotion runs forty days, from November 15th through December 24th.  Customers can also purchase a chance to win the basket without a sale.  In case you missed it, here is an article in Mountain Discoveries Magazine about the Arts Council.  

 My original watercolor "Thirty Two Acres", picture below, is one of the pieces included in the basket.  




This weekend is another opportunity to visit my studio during the Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour.  It will be the last open studio of the year for me.  The weather looks much better this weekend than last, and I thought these photos might encourage a drive through our county.   We're open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday.  Hope to see you! 

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Casselman River Bridge Anniversary

A favorite subject of mine, the Casselman River Bridge State Park will be celebrating its 202nd anniversary on Saturday, September 26th.  Events at the park will include history presentations, a fireside program and an Outdoor Quick Painting event.  While I won't be able to attend the Plein Air event, I encourage local artists to participate. Here is a synopsis of the event as provided by the Park.  

Spruce Forest Artisan Village will also be celebrating the anniversary of the Casselman River Bridge by hosting its third annual Outdoor Quick Painting (Plein Air) event on Saturday, September 26th. Registration will take place at the Village Church from 8 am until 10 am. There is no fee to register. More information on the painting event can be found online at

Casselman River Bridge State Park is a 4-acre parcel located east of Grantsville in Garrett County on U.S. Route 40. It is a popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. When the 80-foot bridge was erected in 1813, it was the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States. Skeptics predicted that the bridge would collapse once the supporting timbers were removed - yet the bridge stood, serving as an important link on the National Road from 1813 to 1933. Although the bridge no longer carries vehicular traffic, it is open to pedestrians.

Today the Casselman River Bridge stands as a picturesque relic of Maryland's early transportation history, and a tribute to those who designed and built the National Road. To the east of the bridge is the "Spruce Forest Artisan Village." The village’s historic buildings were moved from various locations in Western Maryland and restored on the site. They currently serve as studios for a variety of artists. Adjacent to Spruce Village are the Penn Alps restaurant and gift shop, a historic structure that dates to 1818, and Stanton’s Mill, a working grist mill originally established in 1797. 

While I won't be there in person,  I just stocked the Penn Alps Craft Shop with a new supply of cards.  You'll also find some of my prints and art along with many other local artisans.  


Photo (1)Untitled work completed after a plein air session earlier this year.  
View more images of the Casselman Bridge in my Garrett County Collection.  


"Hanging On" 

Another in the watercolor and mixed media on wood series....completed this summer.  

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Watercolor/Mixed Media on Wood
Copyright 2015 Robert Yonke 


Check out What's New at the Garrett County Arts Council 

The Garrett County Arts Council  recently changed out the art in the gallery, which means there is all new work for you to enjoy.  Visit the Gallery to see all of the talented artists in Garrett County.  My addition is "Distant Shore" 


Distant Shore
original watercolor on canvas